Adolescent volunteerism in Hong Kong after 1997: A critical review

Ben M.F. Law, Tan Lei Shek

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Adolescent volunteerism is an integral part of positive youth development. Since the reunification of Hong Kong to the PRC in 1997, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has been promoting adolescent volunteerism actively. In this review, both government agencies heavily involved in the volunteerism movement and non-governmental organizations providing volunteer services are discussed. The profiles and characteristics of adolescent volunteerism in the local contexts are also examined. The present review identified several problems in adolescent volunteerism in Hong Kong, including service overlap and neglect, truncated service provision among agencies and poor coordination, inflexible resource allocation, lack of long-term planning and lack of evidence-based practice for adolescent volunteerism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Critical review
  • Hong Kong
  • Positive youth development
  • Volunteerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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